HILLSBORO – Humane Society Board of Directors Respond to Charges Against Former Treasurer Amy Roades, prior Treasurer of the Highland County Humane Society was charged on 1/04/22 in the theft of funds from the monies collected to house, feed, and give medical care to the animals within Highland County, Ohio.
According to a press release Amy presided on the HHS Board of Directors since March of 2018 and then resigned from her position as Treasurer in August 2021. Financial records were released to the new Board in October 2021, probing an internal audit by our new Board of Directors. It was found that Ms. Roades had indeed been stealing funds from the monies collected from the 501(c)3 non-profit organization dated back to January 2021 to the total of 6,000. All prior records were unable to be located.
Board of Directors President Penny Miller statesm “It is a shame that someone who was placed in a trusted position as Ms. Roades, would steal resources needed to care for the animals in our facility. Since the investigation, our new Board of Directors has worked diligently to improve policies and procedures to prevent theft in the future.” Miller goes on to state, “Ms. Roades, in her guilty plea has agreed to terms to pay certain monies back to HCHS.”
The Highland County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is funded solely on donations and adoption income from the community. It does not receive any funding from Highland County to operate. Since the investigation, the new Board of Directors has worked to improve policies and procedures to prevent theft in the future.
Miller states “Ms. Roades has agreed to pay back what she took from us.”
The mission of the Highland County Humane Society reads as follows: Founded in 1969; Highland County Humane Society’s mission is to provide a temporary home and treatment for adoptable cats and dogs, return lost animals to their owners when possible, place them in suitable homes, increase awareness of the humane treatment of animals and promote spay/neuter programs to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in Highland County.